The Scherer Lecture 2019

Dr. Steed Davidson


Out of the Covers: Rereading Mission Translated Bibles

Join us for the Scherer Lecture on September 24, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. You'll find us in Room 350.

Dr. Steed Vernyl Davidson, PhD, will speak on Out of the Covers: Rereading Mission Translated Bibles. European missionary activity relied heavily upon translated Bibles following the tradition of rendering the Bible into European vernaculars. As European languages became the lingua franca in colonized spaces, vernacular Bibles took on additional authoritative status as both divine word and state power. As a result these vernacular Bibles contributed to the erosion of indigenous cultures and the assertion of the inadequacies of indigenous subjectivity. This lecture considers what it means to reread translated Bibles in order to assert authentic indigenous subjectivity. 

The lecture is free and open to the public with a reception following.

Dr. Davidson is Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at McCormick Theological Seminary. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, he is the author of Empire and Exile: Postcolonial Readings of Selected Texts of the Book of Jeremiah, as well as Writing/Reading the
Bible in Postcolonial Perspective
, and a co-editor of Islands, Islanders and the Bible: RumiNations. He is currently co-authoring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: A Guide for the Perplexed and co-editing Prophetic Other-ness, both of which should be completed in 2019. He earned a PhD in Hebrew Bible from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony, Associate Professor of Modern Church History, at or 773.256.0749